Black bears play on ice at Museum of Life and Science

Posted January 8, 2010 4:37 p.m. EST

— Visitors at the Museum of Life and Science were treated to a rare sight Wednesday: black bears playing on the ice.

Black bears Gus, Virginia and Mimi explored the ice that formed on a pond and a waterfall. Gus cautiously stepped out on the ice to get some chow, while Virginia poked at the frozen waterfall.

"It was breathtaking to watch the bears on ice," a visitor commented.

Museum ranger Greg Dodge pulled out his camera and photographed the bears exploring their frozen habitat.

"There is so much to see outdoors during the winter," Dodge wrote in his blog about the cold.